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. >> sreenivasan: wall street racked up gains today after the federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, said interest rates need to stay low. the dow jones industrial average gained more than 91 points to close at 10,374. the nasdaq rose 22 points to close near 2,236. public and private sector workers walked off the job across greece today. it was the second 24-hour strike in the last two weeks aimed at a government austerity plan. demonstrators clashed with police in athens, after a peaceful march had ended. they were protesting plans to cut government spending because of a debt crisis. greece has announced wage freezes, bonus cuts and pension reform over the last month to save almost $7 billion. the u.s. house has stepped up the pressure on health insurance companies. it came a day before the president's bi-partisan summit on health care reform. health correspondent betty ann bowser has the story. >> this meeting will come to order. >> reporter: the target at a house hearing today was wellpoint-- the parent company of california's anthem blue cross. >> corporate executives at wellpoint are thriving
't paying attention. my lead of the bernanke speech was discount rate to be hiked. my lead on the minutes was -- >> it sounds like -- >> let me finish, melissa, just be clear, my sources are telling me in the wake of this that the concept there's another bit to come is not necessarily true. they may stop here. so the idea that somehow they're just beginning this process of going back to 100 over on the fed funds is not true. it's out there in a lot of stuff. they may stop here. >> rich bernstein -- >> i want to ask both of you. do you think fed funds december 31, 2010 will be higher than they are today? >> well, let me answer that question and put it back to you. the typical forecast, is that the unemployment rate will be 9.5% or higher. also, that the inflation rate over the last year will be 1 to 1.25%. i have to ask you if you think at that point the fed would begin to tighten? you tell me. >> first of all, i think the bond market will -- i don't think the bond market looks at core. i hate to argue with on you this one, but if we find the inflation rate starts breaking 3, 3.5, we break
killian reporting from washington. >> testimony from said she's been bernanke kept stocks in the green yesterday -- fed chairman ben bernanke. >> good morning. ben bernanke testifies on capitol hill again this morning. today he goes before the senate banking committee. yesterday he told the house financial services committee that the economy is only at the beginning of the recovery. he says this requires the federal reserve to keep interest rates low to encourage demand by consumers and businesses. investors holding the global retreat and investors shrugged off distressing news from the housing market. sales of new homes plummeted last month to the lowest level on record. this is where we ended up. the three major u.s. indexes rose 1% yesterday. black and decker and t. rowe price and the bloomber -- led the bloomberg maryland index higher. costar says it will make more money this year than analysts predicted. toyota is not the only auto maker capturing the attention of wall street. general motors is going to shut down hummer. china said it would have flown in the face of the country's
. >> fed chairman ben bernanke is not offering any clues as to when interest rates may increase. in his semiannual report to congress, he said record low interest rates are needed each ease the nation's >> obviously a deployment is the biggest problem we have. we need to find ways to address that issue. >>, has begun addressing the unemployment issue. today the senate passed a tax bill centered on tax breaks for businesses who are unemployed workers. the bill is now headed back to the house. the plan intended to fix the pension problem for the city's police officers and fire fighters require something from all parties involved, retirees, active employees, and the taxpayer. jayne miller is live in the newsroom with details. >> under these recommendations, police and firefighters might have to work longer to get benefits, and the city might have to be used to a bigger budget line item to keep the plan afloat. the recommendations released today are intended to ensure city police and firefighters get a secure retirement without breaking the bank. that is not the courts now. >> the system is
a big eye there. let's get a check on wall street where fed chairman ben bernanke is making investments nervous. sfoks are down after bernanke outlined the ways fed can pull back on the $1 trillion being used to prop up the economy. today's house financial services commity hearing was postponed because of the snow in d.c. the fed decided to release bernanke's prepared remarks anyway. so we are going the keep our eye on how the markets respond there throughout the day. you can see as we stand still above the 10,000 mark but down 37 points on the day. stocks are low on fears any move by the fed to pull out money from the financial system could hurt the recovery. >>> the sex scandal surrounding john edwards is back in the news. today's the deadline for former aide to turn over an alleged sex tape. senior investigative correspondent lisa myers joins me now. has he done it yet? is the plan that he will turn it over during a court hearing? >> well, as of a couple of hours ago the tape was in the sheriff's office in north carolina. and was going to be delivered to the court around 2:00 today w
times larger than any other increase in wall street's history. moving on, fed chairman ben bernanke will be in the li limelight tonight. he will deliver part one of a semiannual speech on the economy and monetary policy today before the house financial services committee and one of the things he may say is that last week's hike in the discount rate was just a technical move, not a history in policy. with that, willie, back over to you. >> all right. thank you so much. >>> still ahead here on "way too early," snooki and the situation go into the lion's den to answer some tough questions from the ladies of "the view." the question is who asks tough questions of cast of "the jersey shore"? >>> plus yesterday i showed you my rare night on the town. today, i reveal my grim daily reality. a behind the scenes look at how "way too early" is made in the middle of the vancouver night. it's a touching story no family will want to miss. >>> all that and ginger ze with weather. all that when we come back. >>> welcome back to "way too early." live pictures of downtown vancouver, all quiet and rai
an exit strategy to tighten credit once the economy picks up. chairman ben bernanke outlined what the fed could do but not when it would do it. the move would include raising the discount rate was what the fed charges for loans it makes directly to banks. it could also boost the interest rates it charges on excess reserves. money that they keep at the fed. that would give banks more incentive to keep money there and less incentive to lend which, of course, would in turn, increase consumer rates and slow down lending and the economy. earning season is slowing down but two consumer giants reported this week. consumer giant disney beat analysts' expectations while coca-cola met analyst's predictions. even though the debt crisis in europe may sound obscure, it's important to america and the markets in the u.s. to explain why and what could happen next, the ceo and co-cio of pimco, the world's largest bond fund. muhammad, always wonderful to have you on the program. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, maria. >> let's talk about these concerns about the debt in greece which, of course, has
bernanke told congress, record- low interest rates are still needed to help the economy. in his twice-a-year report to congress, bernanke said the economic recovery is still in the early stages and that moderate growth will only lead to a slow decline in the unemployment rate. >>> the ceo publicly apologized to the lapses that led to the recall of more than 8 million toyotas. akio toyoda admitted that the auto group grew too fast to stay on top of safety recalls. he says he is committed to regaining the trust of every consumer. >>> a report surprised economists who were expecting a rise in sales. while winter storms upon partly to blame, new home sales have fallen now for three straight months, despite low mortgage rates for some tax buyers. one in four homeowners owed more than their home was worth late last year. rising unemployment contributed to the rise of homeowners who are under water on their loans. for more money news, you can head to cbs money watch.com. in new york, i'm alexis christoforous. >>> coming up on wjz's eyewitness news at 4:00. from sportscaster to rape suspect,
. >>> meanwhile, federal reserve chairman ben bernanke on the hill today as well, responding to a news article that goldman sachs and other major investment banks were shorting the very greek debt that they were helping the country issue. senior economics reporter steve liesman now with that story. >> reporter: maria, thanks. fed chairman ben bernanke said that the fed is examining the actions of goldman sachs and other banks surrounding two issues. first, whether the bank helped sell debt that essentially allowed greece to disguise the true amount of its debt, and second, whether it was appropriate for them to be essentially shorting that debt through the derivatives known as credit default swaps. >> we are looking into a number of questions relating to goldman sachs and other companies and in their derivative's arrangements with greece, and on this issue as well. as you know credit default swaps are properly used as hedging instruments -- >> i agree. >> we, the s.e.c., of course, has been interested in this issue. obviously, using these instruments in a way that intentionally destabilizes a
americans back to work as soon as possible. >> reporter: ben bernanke says jobs are the key to an economic rebound. >> unemployment is the biggest problem we have. >> reporter: meanwhile, there's more bad news from the housing front. despite continuing tax incentives from uncle sam, new home sales in january unexpectedly plunged to a record low. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> that announcement from fed chairman bernanke sent stocks higher today. the dow picked up 92 points and finished at 10,374. the nasdaq was up 22 points on the day and the s&p gained 11 points. >>> police and demonstrators clashed today in greece. an estimated 50,000 demonstrators staged a march in athens against government austerity measures. some of the steps may include salary cuts and pension reforms. labor unions organized this protest march. things got violent for about lf an hour near the parliament. protesters hurled rocks, red paint and plastic bottles at riot police and the police responded with batons and tear gas. today the unions also called a 24-hour strike that grounded flights, shut down schools,
rescue package for greece some time soon. they are meeting overseas in brussels. vif ben bernanke outlined yesterday how the fed will go about tightening monetary policies. that was good. but bernanke spelled that all out but still some uncertainty in the market. government offices closed for a four straight days today, that delayed reports of oil inventories and retailsales, pushing those to next week. but first-time claims for job else benefits fell by 43,000 last week to a total of 440,000. continuing claims also ll. >>> the congressional panel overseeing the $700 billion bank bailouts says a blizzard of commercial real estate defaults could bury hundreds of banks. vacancy rates at shopping malls and office parks are higher and rents are though forcing developers to default on their loans. the losses could reach $300 billion over the next three years hurting small and mid-size banks and drying up credit needed to spur the economic recovery, something we'll definitely watch as things unfold. back to you. >> thanks, hope you get home tonight. >> thank you. you, too! >>> well, the
-- to lowest level since world war ii. ben bernanke sunday pressure to explain how to wrap up the central bank's program to inject emergency cash into the economy. he testifying before house lawmakers today who sits on the financial services committee. his job is a tough one because the economy is still shaky and ending the rescue program too soon could put us back in dangerouster. hay told lawmakers the fed members believe the recovery -- the recovery will remain high the next few years. >> consistent with moderate economic growth, expecting the unemployment rate to decline slowly. to arrange 6 opinion 5 toerz 7 opinion 5% by the end of 2012. still well above their estimates of the long run sustainable rate of 5%. >> bernanke said he's also committed to keeping interest rates low and you can see how that isn't landing on wall street. the dow jones industrials up 87.5. s&p popped up 9. nasdaq is up 22. by the way, the securities and exchange commission just voted today to make new rules to limit short selling on stocks that drop 10% or more. the vote was very close. >>> an investigation of a p
that dr. bernanke, if he has two patients, the one with a positive attitude does better. >> i agree with dr. bernanke, but stress does cause your arteries to con strict, it ka cause the arteries to build up faster, it can cause blood clots to form that causes a heart attack, that's the bad news. but stress is not simply something you do, more importantly it's how you react to what you do. if you practice some simple stress management techniques, you can be in the same job, you can go to haiti, and not have it affect it. you can accomplish even more without getting so stressed and without getting sick in the process. >> larry: sanjay, do you understand why the president is so passionate about haiti? >> he's had an affinity for this place for a long time, larry. i interviewed him when he was down here and talked about haiti with him a few times in the past. he had his honeymoon here, as i know you've talked about, larry, so he's been thinking about haiti for a long time. i think he has a strong affinity not only to haiti but to the haitian people living in haiti and the united states,
'll see what fed chairman ben bernanke has to say on tuesday and wednesday. he may shed a little more light on what the fed's policy actions yesterday and what they may be in the coming weeks and months. >> alex, what do you expect next week from bernanke and what do you think the reaction will be? >> it's two different things. i expect him to do nothing. what i would hope he does is raise rates. in the energy market you have a complete disconnect between fundamentals and price. if you look at the amount of crude, heat and gasoline in storage, we're at absurdly high levels but the price is also ridiculous and it's ridiculous because the dollar is so weak. so unless he does something and does what he should do you'll have crude continue to just drag itself higher with a weakening dollar and that's an unfortunate thing because it really doesn't help anybody. >> where do you think, alex, prices are going to be at memorial day on oil? >> i think what's going to happen is that i'm tending to fight this. i think that they want to push it towards $80 but i think it runs out of gas around the
assurances by the federal bank. ben bernanke offered an up beat report on the nation's recovery yesterday. he told congress interest rates will remain low to encourage borrow ing. the dow rose 91 points after dropping more than 100 the day before. >> we have no idea which way the economy is going. bernanke has no idea which way the economy is going. >>> officials in florida are collecting eyewitness accounts in yesterday's deadly attack at seaworld, orlando, where an experienced trainer was killed by a 12,000-pound whale. the 40-year-old victim was snatched from the platform as the audience looked on in horror. witnesses say the killer whale thrashed her back and forth and dragged her under water. it's the third time this killer whale has been involved in a human death. >> the third time. a killer whale kills three times. the officials say they're not going to put the whale down wha killer whales do. >>> time to go to willie geist looking at what's going on in vancouver. willie? >> reporter: that's a terrible story, mika. let's move on to the olympics here. the hockey was the big story yester
as soon as possible. >> fed chairman ben bernanke says jobs are the key to economic rebound. meanwhile, there is more bad news from the housing front. despite continuing tax incentives, new home sales in january unexpectedly plunged to record low. senate democrats are working on a follow-up jobs bill that is more expensive and likely more controversial. >> we have big news for all you tweeters. yahoo! in twitter have announced eight content sharing deal. yahoo! reached a similar agreement with facebook back in december. twitter will start showing up in yahoo! search results right away. after a warm reception from holiday shoppers, toys r us is extending its lay around -- led layaway program for big ticket items. >> still to come, new details on the issue of pension plans for the baltimore city police and fire departments. >> being an olympian may be tiring, but being analytic family is exhausting. how they are dealing with the how they are dealing with the >> most of us can only imagine what it is like to be an olympic athlete. but imagine what it is like to be an olympic family? it ca
are definitely rae reacting today to the fed's move to discount banks. ben bernanke hinted last week it was coming, but economists thought the fed would wait until next month's meeting to do so. they did it yesterday after the bell. the fed says this won't impact rates for consumers. that's a key point and that the key benchmark rate will still stay at historic lows for quite a while. but even so, asian markets fell overnight. europe also lower. but like i said, we've turned things around. we've gotten some other data and pieces of news today. consumer prices rose 0.2% last month while the core rate, that's the one that's figured without food and energy, fell 0.1%. retailer jcpenney earned 84 cents a share for its latest quarter. that's 2 cents above the street estimate. so things are looking a little better for retail than what we had thought. and toyota's president now says he will testify at a congressional hearing next week. and that the automaker's gas pedal and brake recalls. akio toyoda says he looks forward to speaking directly with congress and the american people. you remem
, ben bernanke's green chutes. while arc gres everyboggressive green chutes. welcome to our program. i'm erin burnett. here is the conundrum. stocks seem happy lately. a few days of rallies. we've got new, unproven companies pulling deals, not able to raise money to grow and hire. big companies who can raise money aren't seeming to spend it on grow and hiring. china is a little bit angry at america. you're looking at a picture now
this demand in the seven-year gives me -- >> the significance of ben bernanke talking about, one, the potential financial instability with the large current account surplus that china has to the u.s., he talked about financial instability. >> also talked about goldman and greece and they're looking into what goldman and other banks in "the new york times" reported to have done relative to greece, take the other side of the trade. first they put them into sovereign debt and then took the or side of the trade. let's hear what the fed chairman had to say about this. >> well, very serious challenges there involving not only fiscal issues but competitiveness issues because of the single exchange rate. but you know, we have talked to the european union leaders. they are obviously very focused on getting the problem solved. >> that's the wrong bite. he said they're looking into this. >> very routine, right? a lot of times you play one side, another part plays another side. it's very routine. >> i'd be interested in engaging the conversation of this. i'm not sure what the value is taking
. bernanke will lay out a plan for credit tightening. another big headline, former merrill lynch chief john thain picked to lead cit. it brings together two prominent casualties of the credit crisis. >> "the washington post" after the massive snowstorm, they are ready to get hit again tomorrow. >> the snow at their home was up to their waist. >> your mom has an art exhibit here. what are they 82? >> 82 and 80. and they drove up. >> once you have to drive through nazi check posts to escape the country, it's nothing getting through jersey. >> i was worried, but they are just fine. she has a big opening tonight it will be fun. >> my art exhibit was there last week. >> it was? did you show your postcards? that's good. >>> michael lke allen has the m playbook. the joint summit on health care. i like the idea if you think it will give the idea of health care reform momentum. >> well, sure. i think people in both parties wonder why now? we said on this show, one of the easiest things for the president to have done was to call republicans, turn on c-span, msnbc and say what have you got? he is fina
. people still point to may of '07 when bernanke says subprime is 9% of mortgages, right? they're not infallible. and we can't expect them to be, i guess, is the answer, right? >> none of us is infallible. if you didn't learn that, you missed something over the course of the past three years. >> dan's with us for the rest of the program. we've got a lot more to talk about. >>> meantime, any questions or comments this morning, we'd love to hear from you. our address is squawk@cnbc.com. >>> when we come back, european exposure, debt crisis overseas, how some u.s. companies might be impacted. >>> still to come, olympic skiers headed to the starting gate at whistler while bankers in new york await a possible auction. we'll get an update from daniel nu mudd, the ceo of fortress, just ahead. >>> time now for today's "aflac trivia question." what baseball player nicknamed the georgia peach amassed 4,189 hits in his career? this is not more benefits at greater cost to your company insurance. this is not how does it fit in my company's budget insurance. this is help protect and care for
strategies tomorrow, another camp, which we think chairman bernanke is in and made clear last week in his testimony before congress, which is we'll start to sell assets and we'll start to do these other things, but after we hike. and then there's a middle camp that says we would love to get rid of some of the assets on our balance sheet but we're not going to do that until we're shoe the economy is in full swing, and we're not going to destroy things. they don't want to make a policy mistake. they still think the economy is fragile enough they don't want to push us back into a recession. >> thanks so much for stepping in and talking to us about this. we appreciate it soon. stay with us back in a moment with more. , seeing if we have enough points to stay longer. now? you don't have enough time... and you have to push all those buttons... no buttons, someone answers every time. yeah, right... bet you a massage... yeah, ok. hi, julie... i have a question about my points. hi, what button do i press for a massage? hello? new chase sapphire... you call. we answer. no waiting. just press right
bernanke. t.a.r.p. was supposed to be used to counter the mortgage crisis, not to bail out the big banks. do you believe mccain was misled? >> no, i don't, monica. the night before on nbc nightly news, you may remember john yang had a record that feerchbd john mccain saying because of his experience, he was best equipped to rhett republic arizona. now, in western inventory knack ewe lar, this ain't john's first rodeo. when he suspended his campaign to go back to washington to sit face-to-face with those decisionmakers, now a couple years later, he's telling us he was misled? i have to tell you, this is isn't revision of history. that sounds more like john kerry in 2004 than the john mccain i used to work with. >> and the mccain camp is attacking your spending record. they have a radio ad saying you talk like a conservative, but you spend like a liberal. they're citing your vote for the bridge to nowhere. you supported the 2003 medicare prescription drug benefit. what do you think of those ads? what do you think of those allegations? >> well, first of all, with all due respect, i understa
her terribly. >> some of the stories this morning at 10:00 a.m., ben bernanke is on capitol hill. all ears will listen to his take on job creation. this afternoon, the president will make his case for creating more jobs. it's going to happen at the business round table. >>> this afternoon in vancouver, fresh off the upset of team canada, the u.s. men's hockey team takes on switzerland. >> usa! usa! >> something tells me you are watching. >>> a star sentenced to five years in prison for shooting his limmo driver. it's been years coming. >> eight years in the running. this is a guy who literally had it all at one point. an nba all-star. one of the richest contracts in the league. prosecutors say he was playing with a shotgun, shot his driver, tried to cover it up. yesterday, a new jersey judge sentenced him to five years in prison. afterwards, he said he was sorry. >> i sincerely apologize for my actions that caused his death. i pray that today brings you some comfort. my children, you deserve a better father. son, brothers than i have been. >> he was apologizing to his victims there. h
's an interesting idea. bernanke yesterday mentioned that the spike in jobless claims might have been at least partly related to the weather. i would say there's a little more uncertainty than maybe mr. knapp suggests as to whether or not this is weather related or how much of a comedown we're getting from that fourth quarter gdp which was very strong and as you said revised up, erin, to 5.9% from 5.7%. it is interesting to look at the details and where the strength was to kind of figure out whether or not, how much of that is going to continue. what you see when you look at it is the consumer was pretty weak at one point, 7%, and nobody thinks that's going to be any stronger in this quarter. business spending was very strong. that's a wild card. that could continue. exports strong again and of course the big part of that not shown here are the inventories -- inventory numbers. this conference, though, is going to be about the fed policy and the fed's role put on here by the university of chicago's school of business. there are going to be no less than four members of the federal market commit
, and if the government pulls back too fast, if bernanke pulls back too fast or if the executive congressional branches pull back too fast, there is a question whether it would worsen things, i think that's legitimate. what i do believe you can put into place trigger mechanisms on medicare reforms, on medicaid reforms, on social security reforms, so that these things are in law and they're not just sort in imagination. it's hard, as you know, nor invei for investors to have much confidence in the future of the nation's finances when there's nothing and it's just talk and we're just continuing to talk. >> on that very point, there was a new report on rising life expectancy, which is a great thing, a great triumph of human medicine, but, you know, why don't we talk about raising the retirement age for medicare and social security gradually over the next 20, 30 years. it would save a lot of money. >> that's going to be a big discussion that we'll be having on this show very regularly, and we'll call on both of you to do it again, david gergen, cnn analyst, and stephen moore, "wall street journal" writer.
for the u.s. in 2 1/2 years at around 0.5%. and looking at what bernanke said this week, gave us a laundry list of ways to exit the strategy, basically, and he basically talked about, you know, the possibility of increasing interests on bank reserves. and while in basically contrast, the ecb is not going to do the exit strategy. it's going to stay in and maybe in too deep right now as it may need to provide some liquidity out of what happened from greece. so that will definitely give the yield luster for the u.s. dollar. >> so what target would you put on euro/dollar? >> still looking at 1.32% before the end of the quarter. any bounce, really, is going to be more of the corrective bounce, not more than 1.3950. >> i was wondering, what do you see the likelihood of a new and increased quantitative easing effort by the ecb, either in a direct like we've seen in the u.s. or uk and a continuation of the currency? >> look, even though they said they are not going to provide renewed 12-month loan facility, the ecb, this institution that has been seen as one of the first institutions to get out of
. jon: "happening now" in the top box. ben bernanke on the hill right now expressing confidence the economic recovery will endure. but he stresses the importance of keeping interest rates at record lows. knowledge crews meeting a jetblue in fort lauderdale. someone onboard was injured when the flight hit turbulence. in the bottom box the world health organization says the h1n1 flu outbreak has been less severe than expected. the group will review the status of the pandemic to decide fit has peaked. jane: this is a story that will interest you and may outrage. a convicted rapist has been charged in a horrifying new attack. prosecutors say william french sexually assaulted a woman twice in her home in the boston area. in between the two attacks he cut off a gps device he was wearing because he violated his probation. why after violating his probation was he allowed to remain free and just have a gps on him? you said this is not necessarily surprising, this case. >> unfortunately we have seen more of these kinds of cases. it shows a failure in the system. why aren't the level 3 sex
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closed yesterday. investors did have time to digest the news. the chairman of the fed ben bernanke basically telegraphed all this. he said that he was going to essentially be pushing up rates, tightening policy last week when he spoke before congress. analysts say the increase in the increase rate indicates that the fed is winding down a series of extraordinary programs it put in place to ease the economic crisis. so, in other words, the crisis is over. the rate increase is not going to directly affect borrowing costs for consumers and most businesses, but, as you see, it's putting the stock market under a little bit of pressure. right now we've got the dow off a little more than 27 points. also under pressure, shares of dell, the computer giant, reported disappointing fourth quarter earnings. sales rose during the holiday season, but those sales were cropped up by steep discounts that did cut into the company's bottom line. finally, well, the saints came marching in to the nyse this morning. three members of the super bowl champion new orlean saints rang that opening bell, looks l
decades. he made money too cheap. a lot of people want to put bernanke on mt. rushmore because he's making money cheap and guiding us through this crisis. >> it does raise us to this issue. rates were so low under alan greenspan was part of the problem and then we had this giant bubble and the bubble burst. instead of letting the bubble go back to flat we've been huffing and puffing by printing more money and trying to help everybody and make it easier to try to keep it inflated a little bit. it has so many holes in it will go down here at some point. >> you're right. all right. international superstar erin burnett. how many points exactly is the market going to go up m. >> i hate this. >> we'll see if it turns around by the end of the day. we'll have a lower open. i'll make it up. up plus 30. >> wrong. up 72. erin burnett, thank you. >> have a good weekend, guys. >> that's all i got. thank you for being with us, erin. that $100 that you have, it's worth about $72 now. >> mika stole it back. typical democrat taking your money. >> she's liberal. all right. coming up, new overnight developme
in three months and just a hair under 100 million. bernanke said yesterday that the job market remains weak even though the economy is recovering. there is some good economic news. everything from washing machines to airplanes jump 3d% in january and the second monthly increase in a row. >>> coca-cola is changing the way it does business. spending more than $12 million to buy the large bottler. from using independent bottlers to controlling the process. pepsi has recently moved in that direction, as well. >>> get this, a relative of burr nad madoff is changing her name. she is married to buernie's son mark. she filed court papers for herself and her two kids to drop the madoff name. she probably doesn't want that out there, robben . >> she just wants to leave the name alone. >> completely. she's still married. it's not that. it's just the name. >>> a teacher danceoff sounded like kind of a fun idea for a pep rally until it became a lap dance dance off. >>> one of the most taulked abot people at the olympics may be heading home. >>> if you're running late, you must not have signed up for my
bernanke who was named by bush the federal reserve chairman, henry paulson, the treasury secretary. they said if they didn't do this bailout, the abyss would've happened and it wouldn't have been a recession, it would have been a depression. >> well, you know, a lot of people did offer that chicken little scenario. and equally other economists and people in the real banking world, for example, a communication i received from the president of bb & t asking the 435 members of the house and the 100 members of the senate not to vote in favor of the bailout because the money would not end up being used by banks to be loaned to consumers and you would have banks under the thumb of greater government control. and, indeed, though i don't like to use hank bolson as a source, he made it very clear that while mccain in the end supported it, when john suspended his campaign to go back to washington, and voters thought he's going to make a stand for us. john, instead of being the tell it like it is straight talk express guy, he meekly read a couple of talking points and went ahead with the whol
together with bernanke's exit speech, you put that together and people say, wait a second, maybe the tight is turning. and being on top of the timing of when the fed starts to tighten or when the rhetoric changes, because when the rhetoric changes, that's when rates will change. and if there weren't enough international news, the european central bank plans to join forces of the european commission to monitor the situation in greece. ecb president jean-claude trichet says the two will draw up necessary measures to maintain stability in the euro zone. european officials offered support for debt-laden greece at a summit yesterday. we don't know what's in the plan. it's some sort of support. >> i don't know what the plan is. except everybody is happy they're in a plan. >> they're in something. they've expressed support. >> monday, the finance ministers meet again. this may be a situation where you see more of the details that start to emerge. what's it call, the european -- the meeting on monday. >> what worries me is that the plan itself will be so underwell manying that people will say, is
and country and dodge grand caravan vehicles. >>> well, fed chairman ben bernanke told congress wednesday that interest rates will remain low to support continued economic growth. >>> and the house is now set to vote on a jobs bill after the full senate passed the $15 billion measure on wednesday. >>> and just today after being released from a washington, d.c., hospital after suffering a heart attack, former vice president dick cheney is having coffee today with his former boss, president george w. bush. it is the first time the two have seen each other since they left office. >>> and a close call this week for an officer in michigan who was on the side of the road with a driver when another car came barreling towards him. he managed to jump to avoid being pinned, and amazingly, suffered only minor injuries. it is 7:15. let's head back now to matt, meredith, ann and al. >> things will be fairly quiet for the rest of the day. a little coating of snow in some areas lost i did not just off and on a snow showers and flurries. of the west as cloudy and >>> and that's your latest weather. matt?
today. >>> meantime, making headlines in the business world, fed chief ben bernanke back on capitol hill telling the senate committee that the central bank is looking into whether u.s. you banks worsened greece's debt crisis. some u.s. banks are said to use complicated currency swap to help greece understate the debt problems betting thalt country would default on its debt. coming up tomorrow, friday on wall street, we'll get key reports, consumer sentiment, existing home sales, also a revised reading on fourth quarter gdp, the final day of the trading week. >>> a lot of questions today about why a killer whale at seaworld turned on its trainer. next jane velez-mitchell host of "issues" will give her take on this tragic incident. don't go anywhere. >>> 40-year-old dawn brancheau was one of the most experienced trainers at orlando seaworld. her death is a shock to her co-workers and park visitors who saw this happen yesterday. a killer whale named tilikum dragged her under water at the end of a performance in the shamu stadium. audience members said, at first it just seemed like it was pa
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